Oliver "Tuku" Mtukudzi performs a Tiny Desk Concert for NPR Music in Washington, D.C. Erica Yoon/NPR hide caption

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Kronos Quartet performs with Sahr Ngaujah (front) and Abena Koomson (center) at New York's Lincoln Center. Red Hot + Fela, a compilation album, comes out Oct. 8. David Andrako/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Rokia Traoré's latest album is titled Beautiful Africa. Mathieu Zazzo/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Sidi Touré's new album, Alafia, is his third international release. Johnathan Crawford/Courtesy of Thrill Jockey Records hide caption

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New York musician Dan Kaufman (third from right) traveled to Rome to learn more about the city's Jewish community and the Italian resistance during WWII. The result is a new album by his band Barbez, based in part on the lost melodies of Roman Jewish music. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Buika's latest album, her first as both the producer and performer, is titled La Noche Más Larga. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Riad Abdel-Gawad creates new Sufi music by translating sacred chants to the violin. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The band Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino is leading the revival of an old Italian folk style called taranta, which has hypnotic rhythms meant to have restorative powers. Daniela Cardone/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Oud player Rachid Berkani, 76, is one of the musicians of El Gusto. Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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